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Q: How do I remove a key that’s been locked in the ignition?

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How do I remove a key that’s been locked in the ignition?

It is possible for your key to get stuck in your ignition switch. This happens as a safety precaution when your battery is either dead, or very low. Never try and force your key out of the ignition switch, as you may bend the key, or damage the switch. Instead, change the battery or jump-start your car, at which point you’ll be able to move and remove your key again.

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